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Lone Star show at Whitewebbs museum 2018

Where did the last year go? September 2018 and another exhibition in Enfield for Lone star

As always my small collection was on display.

WhitewebbsmuseumLoneStarShow1

A few new additions since last year along with the electric rotating turntable in the centre of the picture below, ran all day without issues.

WhitewebbsmuseumLoneStarShow2

The space commanders, construction and farm section is much the same as last year.

WhitewebbsmuseumLoneStarShow3

Great show again although did notice a lack of Treblo electric Lone star train layouts, so during the day I decided to build one for next year, to that end I bought my first lot of track and rolling stock for Lone Star Treblo electric.

WhitewebbsmuseumLoneStarShow4

This project will be quite secretive as I want the unveiling next September and I know certain people may otherwise see what I’m up to before then, although some updates will be posted.


Brentwood toy fair in Essex

by Peter
Categories: Cars, Diecast models, Dinky, Fiat, Jaguar, Matchbox, Morris, Tractors, Triang
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It’s been a year since my last visit to this toy fair in Brentwood, this time I didn’t actually buy much but the models I did buy fill a few gaps.

The Matchbox collection has always been the main focus and still trying to fill the gaps in the collection along with upgrading some of the playworn versions I have.

Firstly the Matchbox Jaguar  3.4 litre number 65, this is the smaller casting designated 65a with grey wheels and no glass, although most were blue the metallic blue is not as common.

MB41a

The later casting with opening bonnet and usually dark red also numbered 65 would of been designated 65b, this one is already part of my collection, was also available with black wheels

MB41

Next another Matchbox. and another I didn’t have, the red version of the Fiat 1500 number 56.

MB222a

Quite rare as was only available in a Matchbox garage gift set G1.

MBgarage3

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Next an upgrade of one of the Dinky Dublo vehicles the Morris post office van

DD6

This replaces a poor example I’ve had for years

DD6x

Lastly another Triang tugster for the collection, this one  in green, in mint condition and with it’s box

Triang tugster7

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

by Peter
Categories: Cars, Concept Vehicles, Corgi, Diecast models, Husky, TV & Film
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One of the diecast models I have been after for a while is an original Corgi Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I do believe this was re-issued in 1991 as a 25th Anniversary edition.

I was lucky enough to receive both the original Corgi and Husky version from my partner for my birthday this month so here are a few details and pictures.

Chitty 1

The Corgi Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was numbered 266 and released in 1968 and was produced for four years until 1972.

The wings on the sides flick out at the touch of the handbrake and the fore and aft wings clip on.

Chitty 2

The Husky version was numbered 1206, and only produced between 1968 and 1969.

Chitty 3

The side wings even fold up on this model too.

Chitty 4

The following picture shows both the above models together.

Chitty 5

The real car

Chitty 6

Wikipedia: “For the film version, six cars were created, including a fully functional road going car, GEN 11. This car was designed by the film’s production designer Ken Adam and cartoonist and sculptor Frederick Roland Emett built by Alan Mann Racing in Hertfordshire in 1967, fitted with a Ford 3000 V6 engine and automatic transmission and allocated a genuine UK registration: GEN 11. This car has been in the private ownership of Pierre Picton of Stratford Upon Avon since the early 1970s”


Brentwood toy fair Essex

 

I started this blog and website back in April 2011, and this week marks 6 years online, on that basis this week a special post on my diverse  collection and items I bought this week at the Brentwood toy fair.

I nearly missed the toy fair, it was only that one of my contacts on Facebook mentioned he had a stall there today that I went.

I always tend to browse a lot before I buy but sometimes things just jump out and say “buy me” and more often than not I do.

The first few models are upgrades to existing parts of the collection.

This is the Matchbox greyhound bus number 66, I have two with amber glass, Superfast and regular wheels but the clear glass version is harder to find.

MB17

This replaces a previous model with hand painted sides.

MB17x

Next is the Matchbox Bedford Duple coach, number 21a, the smaller of the two types

MB13

This is in lovely condition against my previous version.

MB13x

Next is the Matchbox Diamond T prime mover number 15a and trailer 16a from the same stall and made in the 1950′s, never had one of these so a new addition to the Matchbox series 1 collection.

Matchbox 15a

Again in lovely condition.

Still at the same stall and couple of older Triang railway wagons caught my eye, these are ones I am collecting to make up a rake for one train, these now make 5 and at £4 each how could I say no, both are different coloured wagons and the grey of the containers is also different, the maroon one being of Triang origin and the brown one possibly later Hornby and much harder to find.

Triang 3 container

On another stall and still on the subject of model railways I found this re-painted Fleischmann crane with a crocodile well wagon in the same GW grey, although origin is unknown.

Crane and crocidile

The re-paint is well done but don’t like the shiny black roof so may have to matt that down, also a jib support on the wagon may have to be built.

On another stall I was browsing, I came across these Corgi trackside Scammell Scarabs, 4 to be precise so bought them all, do love a Scarab.

Trackside Scarabs

On another stall this Mercedes fire truck got my attention, made by Majorette, I have a few of this type of truck but not the fire truck and at just £2 had to add it to my collection.

Majorette Mercedes

While browsing this stall something else caught my eye, this I had never seen before, made in Italy by a diecast company called Mercury, a little Fiat 500  about Matchbox size, from what I can find out these went bust in the 70′s and made this smaller one and also a 1:43 version with opening features, cost me £30 but have since seen these selling for 3 times as much so feel I got  bargain.

Mercury Fiat

Another stall, another addition, this mixer was made by DCMT ( Later became Lonestar) and nice to find complete and in good condition.

DCMT mixer

Finally a random purchase, 6 small daleks seen here in one of the 1:76 scale Scarabs, these will end up painted on a diorama of even a cameo on the model railway.

Daleks x6